City of Festivals grants available again to support special events across Sacramento

The City of Sacramento has opened its second round of applications for grants for its City of Festivals program to support special events taking place across Sacramento.

The second application round will be open until Oct. 31 for events that will be held between Jan. 1 and April 30, 2023. Any individual or organization that would like to put on an event within the city of Sacramento may apply for the grant.

“We are excited to open this application opportunity up again to support more Sacramento events,” said the City’s Program Manager Sabrina Teft. “These funds help activate our public spaces by bringing people together to enjoy family-oriented activities.”

The City awarded $125,000 to support 27 city-wide and community events in the first round of applications. Two more application rounds are expected to be held in 2023.

To ensure distribution of resources and support for events throughout the city, $75,000 has been allocated to each council district area

To qualify, the special events must be consistent with family-oriented themes, support arts and cultural entertainment and activities, promote a healthier living environment and enhance the quality of life in the city.

The maximum grant award is $7,500. Grant funds may be used to pay costs incurred in connection with the special event, including City costs for police services, parking and permits, and other event expenditures such as private security, portable restrooms, and event fencing.

Funding for the City of Festivals program comes from the $8.2 million in American Rescue Plan Funds for small business priorities, which was approved as part of the Mayor’s ARP spending framework.

Those interested in applying for City of Festivals grants can find all eligibility criteria and details at

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